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, everywhere up and down the east coast, lingering effects of sandy is making live missable for millions. new jersey, new york, and so many other countless towns on the east coast adjusting their lives by the hour. first in the garden state, the cleanup continues. millions trying to deal with another day of no power. check this out. lower manhattan, mouth of battery tunnel. mass transit starting to come back online. if you look at the picture you realize it will be a good amounted of time until things get back to normal. this is the new normal. i'm bill hemmer. five days until america votes. welcome to "america's newsroom.". martha: what a combination of things. good morning everybody, i'm martha maccallum. no power and gasoline is becoming a big issue in the manhattan area. people are starting to lose their patience. here is picture of the george washington bridge this morning. incoming bridge, tunnels, cars are lined up for miles. there are restrictions. you have to have three people in order to get into some ways into the city. everybody worried about running out of gas. how much gas have
of brooklyn, new york, struggling to recover from sandy. that's where we find jonathan hunt. >> reporter: bill, hundreds of residents here in coney island still lining up to get the bare basicking of life, food, water, batteries, flashlights, this two weeks after hurricane sandy hit. we'll be back after the break with a whole lot more how these people are trying to cope, trying to recover. bill: you know a lot of people unhappy about last week's election results. so much so they're signing online petitions to have their states secede from the union. people in at least 20 different states signing these petitions shown on the map here. the first petition reportedly was filed the day after the election by someone in louisiana. then later by a texan. the reports state that the obama administration can decline to respond to a request and that it remains to be seen any type of response or recognition will be given to these petitions. martha: wet weather and falling temperatures are what folks are dealing with right now. that is making a miserable situation even worse for the victims of hurricane san
for first time unemployment claims. labor department warns the figures were distorted by superstorm sandy. applications declining in one state because the unemployment office lost power during the storm. sandy pushing up applications in other states because those temporarily out of work sought benefits. martha: you may see some people getting jobs as rebuilding begins on the northeast. here is little perspective on the number since december 2007. here is the chart we look at. weekly jobless claims stayed above 300,000. they spiked back in 2009. we're a long way from that number. economists say weekly claims must consistently fall below 375,000. that is shown by yellow line. we've been bumping along it for a long time. to indicate the job market is truly strong enough to move the economy in the right direction to change the overall unemployment number. lately weekly jobless claims have dipped below the line, averaging 372,000 a week this year. this is the fourth time the claims have been under 360 in the past 4 1/2 years. overall, 5 million americans are collected unemployment benefits. th
quickly right now in new york and new jersey. in the aftermath of hurricane sandy drivers that can actually find an open gas station have to deal with lines that stretch for miles and miles and sometimes, when they finally get to that gas station, they run out of gas. so you've got folks sitting in those lines and you've got gas in the storage tanks and in the pipelines and in the tankers across the northeast but in many cases the company can not, for power reasons, get that gasoline distributed to the places where it needs to go. 60% of the gas stations in new jersey are closed. i also heard numbers as high as 80%. 70% of the stations in long island are closed. think about that. that's a huge percentage of the gas stations in both of these highly populated states that are not even open for business. so it is a really, really tough situation out there. for those lucky enough to get to the pump, actually paying for their gas is another concern. >> i just spent $30,000 getting my home repaired and it is all gone. >> we have nothing. no credit cards. nothing in our bank accounts. $15
they're donating 36,000 bottles of water to hurricane sandy victims. >> brian: that's fantastic. if you have to run from the tv, run to the radio. see you there. the speaker of the house in a high stakes showdown on how to deal with the crushing debt facing all of us. is it friday? martha: the president is set to speak this afternoon a little bit after 1:00 eastern time about the so-called fiscal cliff. what he wants is higher taxes for the top earners. and speaker boehner is already saying on that part of this deal, no-dice. >> racing tax rates is unacceptable. and it couldn't even pass the house. putting increased revenues through reforming the tax code, i would do that if the president were serious about solving our spending problem and trying to secure our entitlement programs. i'm confident he and i can find the common ground necessary. bill: that's the same potion had the weekend before the election. meanwhile there are strong warning the fiscal cliff could have dire consequences. lay out the stakes here. what are they? >> according to the congressional budget office, the
on this situation. the general joins us coming up. gregg: growing frustrations among victims of hurricane sandy. 150,000 folks still without any power in new york and new jersey and emotions to say the least beginning to boil over. in long island, people who suffered without any power for almost two weeks now told by the local utility company, get this, fill out your forms online. kind of hard to do without any power. molly line is live on staten island, one of the hardest hit areas from the storm. molly, what is the latest with staten island residents getting help? >> reporter: you're using these words frustration, exhaustion, that is exactly what residents are talking about. this is one. hardest hit roads in staten island a lot of debris still here two weeks later. residents say they see big trucks moving debris out all week long. that is one positive note. there is lot of competition too. they need to find electricians. they need to find new boilers. 14,000 people across staten island applied for aid from fema. many are still waiting to hear about that, gregg. gregg: molly, you must be hearing pr
's newsroom". gregg: hurricane sandy blamed on a big increase in weekly jobless claims. the number of americans filing for jobless benefits jumping by 78,000 to 439,000. there's the number on your screen. that is the highest level in a year and a half. stuart varney, anchor of "varney & company" on the fox business network. stu, this is huge compared to what they were expecting, right? >> you can't explain this huge number entirely on the storm, sandy. it is true that last week many people up and down the eastern seaboard were able to get out of their houses for the first time and go down and file. that accounts for some of this big increase. but gregg, there is a suspicion that the underlying trend is for higher and higher jobless pen fit claims because the economy appears to be getting weaker and weaker. we face tax increases next year. that's been noted by business. there have been some layoffs prior to those tax increases. and so the underlying trend may be up. it has been exaggerated by hurricane sandy. gregg: stu, things could get worse january 1st, when all of these spending
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have problems. there is a fuel shortage from hurricane sandy. another casualty of sandy, bearer bonds. some on wall street saying a whopping $70 billion in bonds may be lost forever after sandy flooded a huge underground vault. keep an eye on that story. >> houd depart tphershowdy partners, come to hostess twinningee town. watch this. here is your rewards. thanks. yep, you get a big delight in ever bite of hostess twinningees. twinkies. martha: host test presenting a bankruptcy plan looking to shut down 36 plants and sell off the business. the union that may have led to the deat company's closure is hoping that somebody will come in and cleanup soft pieces of this company. there are very big questions about whether employees could still lose and if there are lessons to be learned in the story of th the demise of the twinki. who better to ask, steve moore, and matt mccall. this is a great american franchise, right? they have 18, i think -- maybe more than that patents in terms of original products. steve, whose fault is this. >> you know what is sad, i'm old enough to remember those ad
hard by superstorm sandy are struggling to open their doors for black friday. one brooklyn toys r us, get this, actually operating out of a big tent. many folks, though, not just bargain hunting for gifts, they're also stocking up on essentials. and rick leventhal is live in brooklyn. what's it like there at that location? >> reporter: you know, gregg, we've seen the craziness on black friday in so many stores and so many places. not here in brooklyn, not today on this black friday. in large part because, as you mentioned, this toys r us flooded -- that's the tent they built out front. the store behind it normally holds 1100 people. they can only fit about 200 inside that tent. you see the babies r us, the kohls next door also shut down. the flood ruined everything, so wednesday they opened this tent. we can show you that they did bring in new toys, they have lined the shelves in this much smaller space, and people were lined up to get inside overnight, but today it's pretty quiet. no lines to speak of at all. and the store is just hoping to make back some of what it's been losing ov
at 410,000. the labor department blaming the recent spike in claims on superstorm sandy. last week's numbers were the first time we saw above 400,000 in more than a year. we are learning that has been resides up by 12,000. it was originally reported at 439,000 and was 451,000. that's an 8-month high for reporting. gregg: new applications for unemployment benefits fluctuated between 380,000 and 390,000. jobless claims have stayed above 300,000 and spiked in early 2009. they must fall below 375,000 to indicate the job market is strong enough to lower the unemployment rate. >> unions flexing their muscle. the seiu warns members to expect delays in l.a., and new york and chicago as they negotiate a new contract. black friday shoppers heading to walmart. they could face striking workers there. what are the unions trying to accomplish? >> reporter: they will have maximum public impact. this is the big holiday week. travel big, shopping big. so get out there and demonstrate and have an impact on the public. this is a big opportunity to do just that. let's look at walmart. friday there may
. tickets are being sold in 42 states, including areas hard hit by sandy where folks would be happy to cash in on that to get a new start. rick leventhal joins us live in island park new york. good morning, rick. >> reporter: we are outside pop's wine and spirit. it was swamped by sandy. their lottery machine isn't working at the moment. no lines, no waiting. nick is going to punch me out a ticket. how is business since you got your machine up and running? >> about normal, actually. >> but a lot of folks in your area probably need this money more than most. >> a lot of people. >> do you expect to see some lines today? >> i think we'll. >> is that my ticket? this could be the one. nick says he wants to split this with me if i win. martha: you know, talk to me about this. the area -- a lot of people have been suffering. and also everybody across the country seems to be look for a win in this thing. >> you know, as the jackpot grows, the number of people playing grows. they sold $300 million worth of tickets since saturday's drawing. so the prize keeps getting bigger. the states that don't hav
>> definitely super storm sandy. i would drive into a tornado any day. we're building a third vehicle. >> brian: how much would to cost right now? >> for the dom? it runs low right now. >> steve: we're going to continue the conversation with him in the after the show show. see you back here tomorrow. so long, everybody. >> it's time for the president and democrats to get serious about the spending problem that our country has. bill: peter doocy is live, was there movement overnight? >> it sounds like things might be stuck. a senior administration official told us that president obama and john boehner had a phone wallace night and politico was reporting that the phone call was curt. they said on the call john boehner told the president to leave the tax cuts for the rich alone. the president says he doesn't want to do that. he's going to stick with his plan to raise $1.6 billion in revenue and if republicans have something better they should be specific now. eric cantor said republicans are already going further than they did in the same spot in 2010. >> we have done our part. w
. >> the devastation of superstorm sandy was shocking in the days just after the storm. remember this? >> there was about a six to 8-foot dune at the end of this block. all of that sand and sand up and down the beach has now washed on to ocean avenue here. bill: well, how do things look today? a full month later. rick leventhal is back on the shore. what he has found today may surprise you. he is live there. martha: is compromise possible in egypt? a power grab by the new president there, president morsi, has sparked huge violence over the course of the weekend. is egypt really better off under the new leadership and how could this affect stability in that entire volatile region? >>> next, former israeli ambassador to the united nations dan gillerman joins us in "america's newsroom" live. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare... now's a good time to think about your options. are you looking for a plan that really meets your needs? and your budget? as you probably know, medicare only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aa
. government says that hurricane sandy had a big role in that. that could very well be. it also led to reduced wages in the month of october. a lot of construction people along those lines could not work in the middle of all this. there will be work for them when this starts to rebuild which is some sort of silver lining there. the storm affected dozens of states with the most severe damage happening in new york and in new jersey. bill: looking to see bulldozers in some of those neighborhoods unfortunately. >>> new tension in the middle east. this is cairo, egypt. this is the scene in tahrir square and almost nightfall. look at the crowd that has gathered after lawmakers approve a new constitution threatening to inflame already tense situation between the opposition and the heart-line government. steve hair gan streaming -- harrigan, streaming live in cairo, egypt the constitution already written. coming under sharp criticism. what do we know about it, steve? >> reporter: it is being criticized by opponents of this government. first of all people say it is a rush job. they basically pulled an
to the federal government. bill: sandy was so devastating as we know. we are learning that houses of war sheurp eve worship are struggling to help themselvesment lauren green is live. what did you find out. >> houses of worships are supposed to be sanctuaries for the broken hearted. countless are in great need of healing themselves. the repair work has done in bay head, new jersey but the road ahead is hrofpblgt the historic structure was built in the late 1800s and designed by boat builders but was never meant to withstand the urge of dirty bay water that sandy brought. >> this building will be closed for at least a year. we would like to think we will be back in 2013. that would be wonderful. we have to move our worshiping center to our sister church in phroeupbt pleasant, whic point pleasant, much further from the ocean and built on higher ground. >> rabbi marjorie sloan surveyed the damage, the storm put the entire temple under four feet of water. it has now buckling wooden floors. the holy books now mold-reupbd are unusable but because of their religious content cannot be burned so they si
increases after superstorm sandy. the republican has pushed aggressively for cutting and capping taxes. taxes could rise and cindy ravaged areas. and a man prosecutors say confessed to 1979 murder of 6-year-old etan patz. he is waiting behind bars in new york city. and the carmaker says there is a steering defect in several models produced between 2000 and 2011, including the very popular toyota prius and toyota corolla. let's go to my friend who is there with more on that. reporter: i would like to bring in michael sing who is the washington director for north east policy. we have this breaking news on israel. the leading military member of hamas has been killed in gaza. we are going to put that into the mix. here is serious, syria, that war has been raging for 20 months now. now it is starting to spread to other areas. turkey has a refugee issue as will some other areas. jordan, down here, israel and lebanon. this map here, what is your concern? >> welcome one of the things we worry about now are all 20 months of this, this would eventually become a regional conflict. a broader confl
from the last one? we are about to find out. martha: that has become such an iconic image from sandy, the jersey shore roller coaster submerged by the storm that had been there for so many years will have to go there. was talk about leaving it there. the mayor of seaside heights says the amusement park heights will not be left as a momento. he said it was a possibility but he admits it, quote, wasn't the brightest comment in his opinion at this point. construction of a new boardwalk, brand-new shiny one will get underway in january. bill: we find the u.s. supreme court breathing new life into a major lawsuit against the president's healthcare plan. liberty university says the plan violates its religious freedom. it has an issue with that mandate as well. just this week the supreme court said this case should be heard at a lower level. the dean of liberty university school of law is here, good morning to you and thank you for your time. justice roberts says the mandate stands. how can you argue today that you can bring a fresh khal tony dungy that mandate? >> well, the fact that the s
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